Fall fashion has arrived with faraway patterns, rich textures, full silhouettes, and earthy tones, inspiring wanderlust that brings to mind a different kind of runway. Lucky for us, then, that we have the world’s busiest airport in our backyard. With the opening of the new international terminal in 2012, it’s never been easier to jet off to distant locales. And things are about to get even more global.
Dress $5,030, Etro, coming soon to Buckhead Atlanta; bracelets $5,000 and $5,500, Tiffany & Co., T Collection, Phipps Plaza; vintage trunks $5,499 and $4,399, Louis Vuitton, Bella Bag, coming soon to Buckhead Atlanta
You can fly to more than seventy international cities from ATL. The top five are Paris, Cancun, Amsterdam, London, and Mexico City. The longest direct flight? 8,433 miles to Johannesburg, or around sixteen hours.
More far-flung parts of the globe will come into reach soon. To attract international flights, Hartsfield-Jackson is waiving landing fees and other charges for carriers that connect Atlanta to new cities abroad.
Coat $6,600, Christian Dior, Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square; dress $785, Paule Ka, Tootsies, Shops Around Lenox; scarf $918, Etro; boots $1,450, Laurence Dacade, Neiman Marcus; duffel $2,450, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza
For those with the cash, premium cabins on board major airlines are finer than ever. But some of the best luxuries are small: As of June, the Atlanta airport offers free Wi-Fi.
The airport spent $5 million on public art for the new terminal—including this glass and steel mural, called Veneers, by local artist and architect Amy Landesberg. The panels depict wood grains from endangered or extinct tree species, and divide pedestrian traffic between concourses E and F.
Lighting design includes curved blue fluorescent tubes, a twinkling chandelier of Swarovski crystal by sculptor Donald Lipski, and a hanging installation by the artist team Uebersee that flashes as international flights arrive and depart.
Sweater $760, Helmut Lang; skirt $898, Lafayette 148, Saks Fifth Avenue; boots $1,250, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue; necklace $190, Dennis Higgins, Tootsies; gold bracelet $1,100, Tiffany & Co.; leather bracelet $120, Leighelena, Tootsies; carry-on bag $355, Res Ipsa, H. Stockton, 1180 Peachtree Street
The LEED Gold–certified Concourse F, with its curved glass facade, sweeping views of takeoffs, and granite floors, has brought a sleek and modern vibe back to boarding. The twelve-gate terminal was constructed largely by local designers and contractors.
Styling: Tamara Connor; hair and makeup: Mara Z; model: Gabbi/Factor